Here’s the Thing About Terrorism Obama Won’t Tell You

Here’s the Thing About Terrorism Obama Won’t Tell You

One in 3.5 million: That’s your annual risk of dying from a terrorist attack in the United States, at least according to Cato analyst John Mueller. Rounded generously, that comes out to roughly 3 one-hundred thousandths of a percentage point, or 0.00003 percent. And...
Obama’s Take On Inequality

Obama’s Take On Inequality

In his farewell State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama put the struggle to reduce inequality in the United States front and center. The President presented a clear choice to the American people. They need to decide “what role the government should...
Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags

Pull Yourself Up by Your Bread Bags

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented a bold economic vision for America. Do we want a country where only “a few of us do spectacularly well,” he asked, or where everyone has a chance to succeed? Obama conveyed this vision by telling the...
State of the Empire in 2015

State of the Empire in 2015

The Obama administration has never been one for grand State of the Union addresses. And once the commentariat has had its fun picking apart the subtle jabs, the applause lines, the body language, and whatever else, there’s often not a whole lot of oxygen left to dig...
Dueling Wall Street Taxes

Dueling Wall Street Taxes

There’s a pattern here. Whenever the push for taxing Wall Street speculation starts to build some serious steam, the Obama administration dusts off their proposal for a big bank fee. That’s what happened after the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh in September...
Top Five Inequality Moments of 2014

Top Five Inequality Moments of 2014

We’re now going on 7 years since the 2008 financial crisis made inequality a hot topic for Americans. Looking back on 2014, it’s easy to see inequality remains a top issue that hasn’t gone anywhere. Below is my roundup of the top 5 inequality moments of 2014 (of...
Talking Points: State of the Union, of War, of the Middle East

Talking Points: State of the Union, of War, of the Middle East

President Obama’s State of the Union speech was pretty depressing. It didn’t start out that way, it was actually a pretty nice strong framework: ‘You members of Congress can’t get anything done, so I’m going to check out what I can do on my own, by executive...
Digging in on Drones and other Flawed Foreign Policy Strategies

Digging in on Drones and other Flawed Foreign Policy Strategies

The take-away from President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was his line “wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.” He’s going to be the go-it-alone...
Four Things Obama Should Say During his State of the Union Address

Four Things Obama Should Say During his State of the Union Address

What should President Obama say during his State of the Union address this year? IPS experts have come up with a few suggestions: Sarah Anderson commends the administration’s commitment to improve conditions for the poorest among us, but urges Obama not to...
4 Things Obama Can Do Now to Fight Climate Change – Without Congress

4 Things Obama Can Do Now to Fight Climate Change – Without Congress

1) Say no to the Keystone XL pipeline. Without waiting for Congress the State Department can deny TransCanada’s request for permission to build a pipeline across the United States carrying toxic tar sand oil to polluting refineries in the Gulf of Mexico. 2) Regulate...